Many Apple watchers expected that the 21.5-iMac would get an upgrade this week with a Retina 4K display, but today’s announcement of across-the-board upgrades for all members of the iMac family and new accessories was a big surprise.
The 21.5-inch iMac now has a Retina 4K display as an option, with a dazzling resolution of 4096 x 2304 pixels — that’s a whopping 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than what is found on the standard 21.5-inch display. Its big brother, the 27-inch iMac, now comes with a Retina 5K display across the board — there’s no lower resolution display available. That 5K display on the 27-inch iMac features 14.7 million pixels, seven times what is found on an HD display.
Not only are there more pixels on most of the iMac displays, but they now feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space and more available colors. Phil Schiller, Apple VP of worldwide marketing, says that images are now more vivid, the screens reveal even greater detail, and that images appear more lifelike than ever.
The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display comes with sixth-generation Intel Core processors and AMD high performance graphics processors that deliver up to 3.7 teraflops (that’s 3.7 trillion floating point operations per second) of computing power. The 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display comes with a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics. All iMacs now come standard with two Thunderbolt 2 ports delivering up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds for external drives and high-performance peripherals. Even Wi-Fi has received a boost — three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi allows the iMac to support up to 1.3Gbps wireless networking.
Apple’s Fusion Drive combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash, and there’s a new low-price configuration pairing a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash. Fusion Drive is also available in 2TB and 3TB configurations with 128GB of fast flash. For speed demons, an all-flash storage option is available up to 1TB, and now 2.5 times faster than before.
Some of the biggest news, though, wasn’t about the iMacs. Apple introduced a new crop of wireless accessories, including the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The new devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable and all have been designed with internal rechargeable batteries that eliminate the need for disposable or removable rechargeable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 brings Apple’s Force Touch interface to the desktop.
The new Magic Keyboard is a full-size keyboard in a new design that takes up 13 percent less space on a desktop. It has a new scissor mechanism and lower profile that provides an “incredibly stable, precise and comfortable typing experience” according to Schiller.
Magic Mouse 2 is lighter and sturdier than its predecessor, with an optimized foot design for a smoother glide. The Magic Trackpad 2 has a 29 percent larger surface than its predecessor, and with Force Touch it brings new ways to interact with the Mac. A Force click allows users to look up a word in the dictionary, preview a file, or view a map from an address. The Magic devices are designed to pair instantly with Macs as soon as they are plugged in for charging via the Lightning to USB charging cable, and will work for a month or more on a full charge.
You’ll be able to pick up a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display at Apple.com, brick and mortar Apple Stores, and at select Apple Authorized Resellers. It comes in three models starting at US$1,799, $1,999, and $2,299. Specs for the upgraded 27-inch iMac can be found at www.apple.com/imac along with configure-to-order options.
The 21.5-inch iMac is available today at the same locations, and comes in three models starting at $1,099 and $1,299, or the new Retina 4K display model at $1,499.
Each of the new Late 2015 iMacs comes with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, and customers can order the Magic Trackpad 2 as an option. The Magic Keyboard can be purchased separately for $99, the Magic Mouse 2 for $79, and the Magic Trackpad 2 for $129.
More Late 2015 iMac Coverage from OWC:
- OWC Announces Up To 64GB MaxRAM Upgrade Options for New iMac with 27” Retina 5K
- OWC Tears Down 21.5-inch iMac Retina 4K, Confirms Memory Is Soldered
- OWC Tears Down New 27-Inch iMac with Retina 5K display